I first heard about the synod last October, and even then, not fully aware of what it was still about, I took part in synod meetings held as part of the leaders’ meetings of the Men of St. Francis movement. St. Joseph’s. Soon after, I was asked to organize such meetings by Fr. Pastor of his own parish. The organization of the meetings forced a deeper understanding of the topic and the discovery of how much the synod, which has begun, is needed by the Church.
The Synod is a needed voice in the Church, but it is an advisory voice. Its purpose is not to establish by majority vote new rules of faith or change moral principles. For me, the synod meetings were an opportunity to have interesting conversations about the Church, to listen to other people’s opinions. They gave me the opportunity to better understand the topics discussed.
I find that a special value in the Church is the active presence of pastors trying to activate those parishioners who still come to the temple. Their main focus is on conducting the pastoral care of the sacraments. Also of value are the faithful who live in communities like the Holy Family in humility, simplicity and worship of God, and in whom the other is Christ. Weakness, on the other hand, is the disappearance of the pastoral of evangelization, as I don’t see the actions of pastors among people who have stopped coming to the temple.
I decided to participate in the synod meetings because I believe that this is an important and unique event in the history of the Church in which I can participate.
During the meetings I made new acquaintances with members of the Church I had the opportunity to listen to their views on various topics, it was important for me to discuss and exchange views. Rev. Raphael presented the history of the Church in an interesting way, while discussing the Gospel passages, he also commented on the passages very coolly.
We made the decision to participate in the synod meetings consciously, realizing that this is an opportunity to express our own opinions on issues important to the Church. During the subsequent meetings, we discovered in practice that their structure (praying to the Holy Spirit, reading Scripture, listening sympathetically to what others said and pointing out what particularly moved us in what we heard) leads to valuable conclusions sometimes quite different from the assumptions with which we arrived at the synod meetings. For us, this is evidence of the work of the Holy Spirit and the deep value of synodal meetings.